Re: Africanized Bees - ABJ News Article
i bought a nuc from a local supplier that was noticably more aggressive than any of the other bees i have worked so far. dozens of them clinging and stinging all over my hands, arms, and legs. most of the stings i took were in the wrists/ankles where they got between the elastic and the gloves/shoes. a lot of them followed me 200 feet from the hive after i closed it up. this hive was being kept at a friend's place, and he had taken a sting while working in his garden. i ended up killing the queen, doing a 50/50 split and requeening. interestingly, they calmed down once the new queens were introduced, but before there was time for the new genetics to emerge. makes me wonder if the queen's phermones played a role.
beekeeping since june 2010, +/- 20 hives, tf